Strange DH Split
Sometimes pitching matchups can turn out to be miss-matchups (Webster’s dictionary doesn’t recognize this as a word, but who is Webster anyway?).
Take last night for example, a strange doubleheader split.
Joe Blanton vs. Josh Johnson in the first game. Joe had pitched well against Florida since coming to the NL. Johnson came in with a 3.01 ERA, 15-4 record and having allowed 3 or fewer runs in his last 5 starts.
Result: Phillies 9, Marlins 3. Blanton worked 7 scoreless innings for the win, improving his overall Phillies record to 15-7. Johnson gave up 4 runs (5 innings) for the first time since August 20 and lost.
Jamie Moyer vs. Anibal Sanchez in the nightcap. Moyer was 13-3 lifetime vs. the Marlins, 8-0, 1.37 in Miami. Sanchez had a 4.50 ERA, 2-7 record, riding a 3-game losing streak and hadn’t worked longer than 6 innings since coming off the DL on August 21.
Result: Marlins 3, Phillies 0. Jamie kept us in the game and gave up 3 runs in 7 innings, but Sanchez allowed just 2 hits in 8 scoreless innings.
Most important: magic number was reduced from 6 to 5 games.
Now, focus shifts to tonight as Cole takes the mound. Club then hops on another Delta charter for a flight to Milwaukee for the last regular-season road series, four games in four days starting Thursday night. Phillies clinched the NLDS in Miller Park a year ago and could clinch their third straight NL East title in same place.
Winning despite whiffs
Another strange twist to last night’s first game….we struck out 16 times and still won.
It is the most strikeouts since the Mets’ David Cone ended the 1991 season at Veterans Stadium by punching out 19 Phillies on a Sunday afternoon, Oct. 6.
To appease your curiosity, the Phillies strike outs that day: SS Kim Batiste 4; LF Wes Chamberlain and C Doug Lindsey, 3; RF Dale Murphy, 1B Ricky Jordan and CF Braulio Castillo, 2; 2B Mickey Morandini, 3B Dave Hollins and 1B Jim Lindeman, 1. RHP Andy Ashby, the loser, was the only Phillies starter that didn’t strike out (1 AB).
Last time we had 16 strikeouts in a 9-inning game?
Back on September 17, 1984 and we won that game, 2-1 over the Mets. Dwight Gooden lost the game on an eighth-inning balk.
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